On 12 December, three new doctors honoris causa will join the ranks of Sciences Po’s honorary degree recipients, alongside such illustrious names as Vaclav Havel, Boutros Boutros Ghali and Lakhdar Brahimi. The 2017 cohort is exceptional in more than one respect. This year two women will receive honorary doctorates, joining Helen Wallace who in 2011 became the first woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Sciences Po. This year also marks the first time that Sciences Po has awarded an honorary doctorate to a scholar from sub-Saharan Africa. Find out more about these three outstanding individuals below.
Daphne Barak-Erez, specialist in constitutional and administrative law
Daphne Barak-Erez was born in the United States in 1965 and emigrated to Israel in 1966. The majority of her academic career has been spent at the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty. An internationally renowned lawyer, Daphne Barak-Erez is a specialist in constitutional and administrative law. Since May 2012 she has been an Israeli Supreme Court Justice, having also held the position of Dean of the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty. She began her academic career as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Law School. She has been a visiting professor at numerous law schools including Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Virginia, UCLA and Toronto.
Jane Mansbridge, a major figure in contemporary political theory
Jane Mansbridge was born in 1939 and is a major figure in contemporary political theory. Renowned for her work on participatory democracy, an issue to which she is passionately committed, her book Beyond Adversary Democracy (first published in 1980) has become a contemporary classic. She is currently Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic values at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (USA). She has taught at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (1997-1998 and 2001-2002), at the Russell Sage Foundation (1991-1992) and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (1985-1986). She was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.
Ibrahima Thioub, historian, specialist in African historiography
The Senegalese historian and academic Ibrahima Thioub was born in 1955 and is a professor at the Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, where he has been Rector since 2014. His teaching and research focuses on African historiography, including systems and ideologies of domination, slavery and the slave trade. He has been a visiting professor at EHESS (the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris and at several universities in Europe, the United States, Asia (Nepal, India, Sri Lanka) and Africa (Gambia, Sierra Leone, South Africa). In 2008-2009 he was a resident researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.
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